2014 African Women's Championship
The 2014 African Women's Championship, the 11th edition of the tournament, was held in Namibia. This tournament, organized by the Confederation of African Football, was also a qualification tournament for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, with top three qualifying for the finals in Canada. It was played on 11–25 October 2014.
|Dates||11–25 October 2014|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Goals scored||44 (2.75 per match)|
|Fair play award|
The tournament marked the first participation of Namibia in the African championship. Also for the first time the defending champions, Equatorial Guinea, were not taking part after failing to win their last qualifying round match.
Namibia were awarded the hosting rights in October 2011. It is the first time they will appear in the final tournament. There has been some criticism of the slow preparation and campaigning for the event. The national women's league will be suspended this year because all money is used for hosting the continental event.
The final tournament matches were held in two stadium venues located in Windhoek:
|Independence Stadium||Sam Nujoma Stadium|
|Capacity: 25,000||Capacity: 10,300|
A record 25 teams applied for the 2014 African Women's Championship. The top three teams from the 2012 tournament, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa received a bye to the second round. The preliminary round was held on 13–15 February (first leg) and 28 February–2 March 2014 (second leg), while the final qualifying round was held on 23–25 May (first leg) and 6–8 June (second leg).
- Qualified teams
|Country||Qualified as||Previous appearances in tournament|
|Winners against Tunisia||32004, 2006, 2010)(|
|Winners against Senegal||10 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Winners against Ethiopia||91991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)(|
|Winners against Equatorial Guinea||12012)(|
|Winners against Rwanda||10 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Winners against Comoros||91995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)(|
|Winners against Zimbabwe||21991, 1995)(|
Eight teams were divided in two groups and play a round-robin tournament. The top two placed teams advanced to the semifinals. The losers of those semifinals played in the third place match, while the winners faced off in the final. The top three placed teams qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
All times are local (UTC+02:00).
The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
- Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams;
- Best Goal difference resulting from the matches between the concerned teams;
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches;
- Fair Play point system in which the number of yellow and red cards are evaluated;
- Drawing of lots by CAF Organising Committee.
|Ivory Coast ||3–1|
|South Africa ||0–1|
|South Africa ||5–1|
In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, except for the third place match where no extra time is played.
Third place match
|Fair Play Award|
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
Mariam Diakité (playing against Nigeria)
|Eliminated in the group stage|
Team(s) rendered in italics represent(s) the host nation(s). The competition's winning team is rendered in bold.
(1) – Total games lost not counted in total games played (total games lost = total games won)
(2) – Total number of games drawn (tied) for all teams = Total number of games drawn (tied) ÷ 2 (both teams involved)
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